Get Reddi For A Spicy Breakfast On The Go… At Reddi Rooster In Stamford!

Reddi Rooster

877 High Ridge Road, Stamford 

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Today, we found a place called Reddi Rooster online, but it is not your ordinary place for breakfast. It is all take out, and it is mainly known for its fried chicken, but unless you want to have that for breakfast, you might want to try one of their breakfast sandwiches or burritos which is what we did!

Reddi Rooster used to be an old Garden Catering before it became Reddi Rooster, a terrific place for food on the go. Plus the food is basically prepared right in front of you, so you know it is fresh.

And now what I had today.

IMG_2007Today I had the Rooster Burrito Wrap which is: Eggs, Bacon, Pepper Jack Cheese, Chili and Onions. Probably one of the best and spiciest things I ever tasted. I also had a chocolate milk.

IMG_2004I asked Carlos  what his favorite thing for breakfast is.

He said,  “What you had… The Rooster Burrito.”

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * *   (3)

BATHROOM: Did Not Go!

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THE GRANOLA BAR OF WESTPORT… RAISES THE BAR ON BREAKFAST!

The Granola Bar of Westport

275 Post Road East, Westport, CT  

www.thegranolabarct.com

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When we think of breakfast at Sunday Diners, we usually think of eggs… pancakes… and oatmeal… but now we can add granola to that list,  and The Granola Bar of Westport is THE place for that and much much more! Started by Julie Levitt and Dana Noorily, who own OATS Granola, The Granola Bar, is a really fun and different place to have breakfast and…did I mention that it’s REALLY Good?

The Granola Bar is in Westport’s Playhouse Square, and has a really open feeling with very high ceilings and book shelves that have their own granola as well as chocolates, caramels, teas and other fun things for sale.  There are statues of Buddha and really cool books on the shelves as well.  I noticed one called “Concrete” which looked really interesting.

The menu has a wide variety of brunch and breakfast items, like paninis, eggs, fresh-baked goods, wraps and salads… but what I was here for was the granola… and one of their awesome smoothies.  Here’s what I had…

THE TASTING

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It’s Four shots of their Homemade Granola with a side of Greek or Regular Yogurt (I had the Greek Yogurt) and a side of Fresh Fruit (Strawberries and Blueberries).

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Clockwise (start at 1:00)

Cinnamon Honey…Toasted Coconut…Dark Chocolate…Vanilla Almond

PB&J SMOOTHIE

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Strawberries, Peanut Butter, Banana, Vanilla & Milk… in a VERY tall glass! It tasted exactly like having a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich… without the bread!

Dad had…

THE HALF BUBBY

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The Granola Bar’s House-Smoked Salmon on half of a Bagel with Chive Cream Cheese and Onions and Capers.  Dad loved it, but wished it was a Full Bubby!

He also had a…

NUTELLA LATTE

IMG_1460Made with REAL NUTELLA!  I got to try it… it was delicious!

I spoke with both of the owners, Julie (l.) and Dana (r.), who were very nice to me even though they were really busy (which is great sign because it means the place is really popular) and asked…

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Julie said:

“We both have daughters that are six-years old.  We met at a birthday party and started talking.  Dana used to work in finance, and I told her about my idea to start a granola company… so we decided to work together, and became partners first… and now we’re also really good friends”

I also asked what their favorite flavor of Granola is… and they both love theToasted Coconut.. 

“It’s really unique, but also really simple”.

Finally, I asked about the Buddha’s…

“The Granola Bar was designed by Lisa Friedman , we wanted the place to have a warm and cozy and positive feeling, so that’s part of that”

Well, I really felt warm and cozy there, in fact, we could have stayed ALL day… but before we left… we had to definitely try out… what else?

IMG_1467A Granola Bar… Granola Bar!

Freshly made with their own granola and Chia seeds — VERY GOOD, Sweet & Crunchy!

Thanks so much Julie and Dana and the staff at The Granola Bar of Westport especially Victoria!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (6)

(PS… The Bathroom is also REALLY Cool)

Zap Your Tastebuds at ZeppoleMe in Portchester, New York!

ZeppoleMe

321 North Main Street, Port Chester, NY

www.zeppoleme.com

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We have been wanting to go to ZeppoleMe for a long time, since we heard about it from our friends at OMNOM and today we got our wish!

A Zeppole is an Italian donut/fried dough treat that can be served in many different ways. People usually eat them at Italian church feasts for Saint Joseph’s day or at street fairs.  At ZeppoleMe, in Portchester, you can have them all year round.  The two owners, Marc Tessitore, who owns the restaurant Nessa, which is next door, and his partner Robert Squeri opened in Spring 2013 because at Nessa they sold so many zeppoles and people loved them so much, that they decided to dedicate a whole place to them!

Inside of the restaurant it is decorated with holiday gift baskets with coffee and peppermints and lots of other cool and interesting ingredients that you would find in their food. There are bar type tables or you can also sit at the bar if you like.  Today, they were playing Tom Jones, on the system — my dad told me that in the 1960s and 70s ladies would throw their underwear at him while he was on stage — that’s JUST WEIRD! 🙂 

Today, I started with a Hot Chocolate, made with steamed milk — it was delicious!

And then we got to try three types of Zeppole…

The Classic

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The Classic, was very light and airy… it was really just the outside crust and the inside was hollow.  This is the typical one that you have at Italian feasts.  We had these with Hazelnut Nutella and Buttercream dipping sauces.

The Modern

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The Modern, was crunchy on the outside and fluffy dough on the inside…it was also very light.  We had these with Vanilla Cream and Peppermint dipping sauces.

The Oreo Zeppole

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The Oreo Zeppole, is same as The Modern, except, the dough has crushed Oreos in it.  These were awesome, and we had these with Pumpkin Spice and more Buttercream sauce!

I liked them all, but my favorite was the Oreo Zeppole, which I dipped in the Hazelnut Nutella sauce.  Chocolate craziness!

We didn’t try it, but one of the most popular choices is the Bacon, Chive and Provolone Cheese Zeppole.  So, you can have either sweet or savory, whatever you prefer.

I spoke with Josh, our server and asked:

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What does Zeppole mean in English?

He said,  “It’s just the Italian name for fried dough.”

I also asked him what his favorite zeppole and dipping sauce is…

“I like “The Classic” with the Hazelnut Nutella dipping sauce.

What is the most popular Zeppole at ZeppoleMe?

“For Sweet, people love “The Modern”… the most popular savory is the “Bacon, Chives and Provolone”… it’s really good.

I’m definitely going to come back and try the Bacon, Chive and Provolone — I wonder if the Nutella sauce will go with that — Ha Ha Ha!

Thanks Josh!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

QUICK BITES! ROMANACCI, THE GINGER MAN, GUVNOR’S BREWERY, CAFÉ TURNIER AND… THE I-95 REST STOP!

Welcome to Quick Bites, this is a post telling our readers about some places we have been to recently. All these places are really good and very interesting!!!  (PS. THIS IS OUR 100th POST!)

526567_333002843470960_580296420_nRomanacci

250 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT

www.romanacci.com

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Romanacci’s pizza is the closest you can get to authentic Italian pizza like we had in Rome,  without taking a plane. I like their Margherita Pizza but they have many others to try from their brick oven.  They also have a wide variety of delicious pastries like cannolis that are made right in front of you. Don’t forget to have a Fanta straight from Italy or a Mexican Coca-Cola with your meal, which are better than the American ones, because they use real sugar.

539250_10150628760587013_1802516955_nThe Ginger Man Greenwich

64 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT

www.gingermangreenwich.com

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IMG_0535The Ginger Man in Greenwich, is a very popular and cozy place to have dinner with friends.  I went there with my friend Brandon  and he liked it also.  We both had the Chicken Wings, they were BBQ wings, so they weren’t that spicy.  We also had Ribs which were delicious.  Try to get a table by the fire-place.

1383681_313604318777701_1955567513_nGuvnor’s Brewery

136 Washington Street, SouthNorwalk, CT

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Last Friday night, my dad and I wanted to watch the Knicks game, while having some great food.  So we decided to try Guvnor’s Brewery in South Norwalk.  We asked in advance if we could watch the game and Jessica, the host, totally took care of us! (talk about service!) They rolled down their big screen and gave us terrific seats to watch, and then it was time to get our eating game on!

1st Quarter:   The Scotch Egg

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The Scotch Egg is a Hard-Boiled Egg that is surrounded by Breakfast Sausage and deep-fried.  It is definitely a game-starter!!

2nd Quarter:   Spicy Chorizo Chicken Wings

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At first, the wings are as hot as the Knicks were on Friday, but over time, you become used to them. Some of the best wings I’ve ever had.

3rd Quarter:   The Guvnor’s Burger

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A HUGE Beef patty on a Brioche bun with American cheese (But they have blue and cheddar too), pickles, and thousand island dressing.  It is served with their specialty Garlic and Parmesan French Fries.  This burgers is definitely an All-Star.

4th Quarter:   The Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

(sorry… no picture… we ate it to fast 😦 )

A perfect way to end the game!  A deep dish, fresh-from-the-oven, Chocolate Chip  Cookie with Vanilla Ice-Cream on top.

Even though these are just Quick Bites, Guvnor’s really deserves a review!!!!  Thanks to everyone at Guvnor’s especially our host Jessica who was so nice!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

PLUS… THE KNICKS CRUSHED THE MAGIC 121 TO 83!

483273_266386313467589_793919316_nCafé Turnier

115 Main Street, Norwalk, CT

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IMG_0692Readers of Sunday Diners know that I LOVE Cafe Turnierso I wanted to let you know that on December 21, Ernst Turnier is introducing a new menu!  I’ll have more news on that when it is unveiled,  lets just hope that he keeps his Plantains and awesome BLT, which I had yesterday.  Great seeing you Mr. Turnier!IMG_0693

i95_420_1The I-95 Rest Stop in Darien CT

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Finally, yesterday, we made a quick visit to the brand new I-95 Rest Stop in Darien.  They have all sorts of cool places like Sbarro’s, Mac N’Out, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds,Wilson’s BBQ, Pinkberry (opening soon) and even a souvenir shop called Statement.  We went to Dunkin, for a hot chocolate and donut… and on the way out we saw our faves, OMNOMCT grabbing some Wilson’s BBQ for the road on their way to New Haven!

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Wow, this rest stop is really the “COOL PLACE TO GO”… and speaking of “going” I checked out the bathroom and it gets a 5 out of 5!

A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING TRADITION… BAKED RICOTTA STUFFING… THAT I MADE, AND YOU CAN TOO!

 

Thanksgiving is all about family, traditions and… FOOD!

The dinner is usually Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Carrots, Yams, Gravy and for dessert… PIE!  But you cannot not forget… the Stuffing.

There’s all different types of stuffing that use bread, sometimes sausages, sometimes chestnuts.  But in our family, we have a tradition of making a stuffing that’s entirely different.  Today, I’ll tell you about it and even better show you how to make it!

This stuffing has been in my family for more than five generations.  I know that my Great-Great-Grandmother made it, because my Great-Aunt Kitty told us she did (by-the-way, Aunt Kitty doesn’t like stuffing this way, she prefers the bread type stuffing).  My Grandpa, made it with his Mom… my Dad and Uncle Peter made it with my Grandpa… and today, I made it with my Dad! It doesn’t really have a name, other than “Stuffing” so we’ll just call it…

Baked Ricotta Thanksgiving Stuffing

IMG_0569Ingredients

1 Tub of Whole Milk Ricotta (48 Ounce)

6 Eggs

1 Cup and a 1/2 of Chopped Parsley

1 Cup and a 1/4 of Italian Breadcrumbs

1 Cup (maybe a little bit more) of Peccorino Romano Grated Cheese

1 1/4 Cup of Pine (Pignole) Nuts

Black Pepper

Salt

1) Ask an adult to Pre-Heat the oven to 350 degrees

2)  In a large bowl crack six eggs, add a teaspoon of black pepper and a couple of pinches of salt (not too much salt, because the cheese makes it salty enough)

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3) Add Ricotta to the Eggs

IMG_05734) Add Parsley, Bread Crumbs, Pine Nuts and Grated Cheese

And now the fun part… Make sure your hands are really clean!

IMG_05745) Put your hands in the bowl and start folding it… make sure it’s all mixed well. It’s really fun, because you get your hands all full of the cheese… and it’s really squishy and cold.

6) Grease two regular size loaf pans (8 inch kind) with butter, make sure you spread it really well then…

IMG_05767) With a wooden spoon gently put the mix into the loaf pans… when you’re done… bang the pan on the counter to get the air out and even it all out 

IMG_05788) Put it in the oven and let it bake for about an hour… (if it starts to get too brown on top, cover it with tin foil)… 

IMG_05849) You’ll know when it’s done when you stick a knife in it and it does not come out too wet and it looks like this.

IMG_058310) Let it set for a while then… dive in!

The Stuffing goes really well with the gravy and the cranberry sauce (if you like one or the other).  The fun part about the recipe, is that you can choose to add a little more of one ingredient like parsley or cheese or the pine nuts so you can be a little creative depending on your taste.

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Thanksgiving was my Grandpa’s favorite holiday… and me making the stuffing would have made him really proud of me.  Every family should have at least one tradition on Thanksgiving, whether it’s a family football game or a special dish they can cook together because it’s really a time to be thankful and spend time together.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM SUNDAY DINERS!